Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis has said he's quarantining again after being exposed to a person with COVID-19 on Monday – the same day he resumed his campaign after four days of quarantine following President Trump's rally in Minnesota.
Lewis' campaign says that on Wednesday, "an individual who was in contact with Congressman Lewis on Monday tested positive for COVID-19."
"In accordance with CDC guidelines, Congressman Lewis has begun the quarantine process and will be getting tested again," spokeswoman Christine Snell said.
She added that Lewis is "currently feeling fine and displaying no symptoms," and that all staff who have been in contact with Lewis since Monday will also self-quarantine and be tested.
Lewis said on Monday that he had tested negative for COVID-19 having quarantined for four days following the president's visit to Minnesota, after which the president himself and multiple staffers tested positive for the virus.
Lewis says he wasn't in close contact with the president – citing MDH guidelines of being within 6 feet of a COVID-positive person for 15 minutes or more – and as such he would return to the campaign trail Monday following his negative test.
The incubation period for the virus is 2-14 days, with health officials advising someone who has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person to quarantine for two weeks, as people may still develop the virus despite having several negative tests.
Lewis has been a critic of lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, holding numerous campaign events and meetings in which face masks weren't worn, while some of campaign stops have been held indoors and without masks despite guidance from public health officials.
He is challenging Democratic Sen. Tina Smith for her seat in Congress.